Powerscourt school plants tree to mark its 200 years
Powersourt National School in Enniskerry took full advantage of The Tree Council of Ireland supported by Tetra Pak ‘ Tree Day’ last Friday to dig a massive big hole in preparation to plant an oak sapling at their school premises on Sunday.
The tree planting launched the Powerscourt National School 200 Years Celebration.
The ceremony was held after the Harvest Festival Church Service and prior to the annual sponsored walk which the school undertakes as part of a family get together at the beginning of each school year; a way for new and older parents and all the children to come together and socialise.
It was 1818 when the doors of a small schoolhouse nestled under the gaze of the clock tower in the heart of Enniskerry opened. A school for young children, a house of learning where excited minds explored, examined and recited the rhymes and reasons of the unfolding world.
In 2011 the old schoolhouse was vacated, the children marched up to the top of the hill opposite the gates of the Powerscourt Estate to a perfect state of the art new school, for hopefully another 200 years of erudition.
The wonderful Schoolhouse is still being used for education purposes, for the last four years it has hosted many exhibitions and art classes and workshops for practicing, novice and professional artists under the banner of the Schoolhouse for Art.
The Schoolhouse for Art are delighted to be sharing in the wonderful celebration of 200 years, hoping to join the school activity, the old schoolhouse and the community in the array of activities that are being schedule for the coming academic year.
Powerscourt NS pupils Noah Fortune, Laila Rose Allen McKee and Joe Maloney with fruit picked from the school grounds for the harvest service.
Keith McKee and Lottie Allen McKee at the harvest service.